Missey called homeschooling, Heartschooling, with a focus on her childrens’ hearts.
She died giving birth on 3/1/06, from an amniotic fluid embolism during her Caesarean section. She was a Five in a Row (FIAR) mom and moderated the Basically Beechick yahoo group. Missey left behind 3 girls, one boy and the baby girl, Missey Kate, she was delivering, as well as her husband, Tom, friends and family.
Since Missey’s death, many of us have tried to remember her by making March 1 a day that we focus on the heart, not the school work or hectic pace of our lives. A day dedicated to just enjoying our children and making memories. I usually allow Ben to choose what we do on this day, and it generally includes something sweet to eat and a movie rental. We’ll see what he decides for this year. But I can assure you, it will not include math!
The December before Missey died, she took a break from homeschooling to just snuggle with her kids, love them and enjoy the blessings God had given her. I’m sure her children are grateful for some of the last memories of their mother just loving them and being with them, which is why setting aside the anniversary of her death, to do the same with our own children, is so special.